At 1.5 times compared to last year increased the intensity of the combat training of pilots from the Air Force air base and air defense of the Southern Military District (SOUTH), stationed in New Jersey.
For the three months helicopter pilots have flown more than 1,400 hours, including about 350 — at night. The raid on the crew has averaged nearly 40 hours. In many ways, these indicators has been achieved by the new generation of equipment helicopter entered service in late 2011.
Thus, the MI-8AMTSh equipped with night vision, the GLONASS satellite navigation, weather radar and vibration dampers. Thanks to the new equipment the pilots did not reduce the intensity of combat training, even in winter, at extremely low temperatures.
The personnel of the air base is constantly drawn to participate in all tactical training units and formations SOUTH consisting of heterogeneous groups. In addition, airmen provide a paratroop training reconnaissance units, airborne units and special forces.
Before the end of 2012, the air base will be fully equipped with helicopters Mi-28N and Mi-8AMTSh.